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Ways to Score Well in Behavioral Interviews.

Understand the intent behind a successful behavioral interview.

We all go through the interviews while preparing for our job interviews. In general, not every company has a behavioral round, but mostly in the managerial round, a candidate is analysed upon their behaviour.

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A typical behavioral interview is not generally related to a software development job, but it can better be described as understanding the candidate and mapping them to real-life scenarios that one faces in that particular organisation in which we are interviewed. To analyse the reaction of the candidate based upon a certain scenario.

Introduction.

Behavioral Interviews are important for both the candidates and interviewers. These interviews are very crucial for the interviewer to understand the candidate's decision-making ability under various circumstances.

As we will move forward we will be talking in respect of an interviewee. But it is good to understand the outlook in a passive way to score decently well. Ideally, we should mould our response based on the way the other person wants to perceive it.

Many interviewees feel scared during behavioral interviews. The reason being they try to mug up the answers from the internet. With a simple google search, you can find plenty of questions that you might encounter in your next interview. Under no circumstances mugging up the answers will help.

Obviously, a practical person who has done the actual work will be able to explain the situation very well, in comparison to other candidates.

To give a glimpse, let’s assume you have been given a use case where you need to tell a time when you did exceptionally well. Of course, you won't be able to remember the best of the best situation at that time. But if you prepare well and answer a similar question, by keeping a few such instances at your fingertips.

You definitely would be able to answer the questions much more precisely. There is always a need for a brief flashback to your career. You need to recall all the hard work, hardship, and exceptionally well you performed all those years.

Expectations

As an interviewee, we must understand the mindset of the interviewer. Regardless of behavioral interviews, it is always good to understand the intentions of the interviewer.

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For all those people who get tensed while giving the interview, try to understand the fact that an interviewer is trying to marry your skillset with the requirement of the job. Also, we need to respond accordingly it will make the interviewer understand that we have actually worked on a similar task.

Instead of expecting ourselves to answer everything correctly, we should answer things based on our understanding. But when asked there is no harm in informing the interviewer about things your might not have worked upon. Even if you are struggling with every question that has been asked, and trying to connect the dots by sharing your personal experience. It might be a green flag.

The behavioral interview works upon a similar intent, as one thing is for sure there is never a single right answer but the way you handle the situation that matters.

Preparation Guide.

As we discussed earlier it is very necessary to prepare for the behavioral round. Mugging up the answers will hardly help, but understanding the way to respond will surely will.

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Firstly we need to start recalling our work experiences. The projects, and tasks that we have done during our tenure of work. This should all start with day one. We need examples from our life, not any set of answers that we copied from the internet.

Generally, the questions asked in the behavioral interviews are about sharing an instance of your career when you performed some specific task. Try to understand the in-depth work that you have done to date. You need to explain the interview about your leadership, responsibility, interpersonal skill and of course ability to complete the task gracefully.

You need to explain to the interviewer the way you were able to handle the hiccups while completing the task. Even if you haven’t faced certain scenarios in your career there could be some instances that can be related. We need to positively persuade the interviewer that we will be able to handle the responsibility.

In an interview, we should remember that we should never humiliate the prior the organisation with which we have done worked. The intent of the answer shouldn’t be negative ever.

Deal with Unknowns

Mostly you won't be getting the question that was prepared. There is no harm in being overprepared. But regardless of the amount of effort you put in for reading about the questions present over the internet.

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There are high chances that you will be getting some questions that you might not have even seen. So once you come under such a scenario, I will advise you that inform the interviewer that you haven’t faced such a scenario. A post informing them, share your response with an answer about the way you might handle the scenario.

Don't try to bluff around with answers always be truthful and straight.

Questions and Answers Guide.

Finally, we need to prepare for our next behavioral interview. For that, we need to understand the variety of questions that can be expected.

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But before moving to the questionnaire we need to understand the intent of the questions. As discussed that these interviews are meant to understand candidates' mindsets against the question and it will normally revolve around our past experience.

Obviously, you can face every possible scenario in your career, but a similar condition will help you to answer the questions.

So for the list of question-answer, you can expect in the behavioral round, I created a list of questionnaires that you can get by visiting this link(Totally free of cost).

Final Thoughts.

So in a nutshell behavioral interviews are not like technical interviews in which there is any right or wrong answer. Moreover, they are more generic in nature.

But without preparing for the interview we will just be throwing random answers that could be prepared with preparation.

Also sometimes you are not able to come up with the most appropriate situation. Later, after the interview, we realise that another situation would have fitted better for that particular situation.

Once again being over-prepared is always better than being underprepared.

About The Author

Apoorv Tomar is a software developer and part of Mindroast. You can connect with him on Twitter, Linkedin, Telegram and Instagram. Subscribe to the newsletter for the latest curated content. Don’t hesitate to say ‘Hi’ on any platform, just stating a reference of where did you find my profile.

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